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“Unspoiled beauty, nature at its best”
Review of Pfeiffer Beach

Pfeiffer Beach
Ranked #3 of 35 things to do in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed December 8, 2013

Great place to go for a picnic. The scenery is just not to be believed. So untouched and perfect, the way it should be. Note: unless it has changed since our visit, the parking area is a fairly good walk from the actual beach, so do not think this would be advised for the infirm, elderly, or handicapped.

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Reviewed December 7, 2013

You have to travel a long twisting road off of Highway 1 to find it but once you do, behold. Pack your lunch, sit on the beautiful purple sand and enjoy the sound of the ocean while taking in a view that thousands upon millions of years took to create. It is worth it.
Warning! this beach is not for swimming, park advisory says do not go into the water as the tides are deadly.

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Reviewed December 7, 2013

My partner and I moved to Central California from the east coast and have been trying to do weekend trips and extended trips while out here (just for a year). Maybe we have been spoiled by how beautiful everything is, but I do not get why this is so highly rated??? We made it a point to find this place, paid the $5 to park, went down the incredibly windy and narrow road, and found the beach. The beach is really small so theres not much to walk down for those of us that like to. We came for the sunset; there were a TON of tourists crowding the rock formation that the sun shines through. Which just means that everyone had strangers in their picture of it; they all stood there for 30-40 minutes just taking the same picture (some were videoing) over again. But no one had a clear shot so whats the point?

Take this with a grain of salt. I lovvvve the Central Coast beaches of CA. But I just don't see why this one is considered more exciting than most? It's secluded. It has purple sand (cool!). It has starfish and other cool sea life on the one rock formation. But what central coast beach doesn't? If you are coming to Big Sur not used to the Central Coast - you'll love it. Who couldn't? But if you're familiar with the gorgeous site of the colorful sunset on the shimmering sea with some rock formations on the side and a reflection in the wet sand then this beach is really underwhelming, overcrowded, hard to get to, and costs money (NO other beach I've been to on the Central Coast has a fee. This does not mean that no other one charges, but not any that I've been to). Personally I wish TripAdvisor had not made such a big deal about Big Sur so I could have spent more time in Monterey. Or even gone home and walked to my favorite beach of all: Pismo State Beach.

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Reviewed December 5, 2013

Crashing waves, beautiful sandy beach, away from hustle and bustle. interesting rock formations that waves funnel through, great place to picnic. Wish we had longer to stay and soak up the sun and sand. Because it is a tricky place to locate off of Highway 1 and a good distance in along a narrow, twisty road (for cars only!) the beach is a quieter option than others.

Thank OttawaSunshineseeker
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

Don't miss it on your trip along Hwy 1 in Big Sur! You drop sharply down to the ocean through the forest for two miles along a one-lane road until you come out at the beach. There's a parking lot for your car ($5 fee). The coves, mountains, rock formations and crashing surf are so beautiful that you will stay for hours to take it all in. Nature at its finest, refreshing to the soul. Thank you to everyone who has helped preserve this beautiful little piece of California for this and future generations.

Thank chascal
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